Judging, Judgment, Justification Part 1 by Pastor Don Moore
Transcript of a sermon by Pastor Don Moore. What is in [brackets] is what the congregation says. I bolded a few important points FYI. I hope that helps.
We’re going to take a look at judging, judgment and justification. Judging, judgment and justification. We’re going to take a look at that. I don’t know if we can get all that done in the amount of time that we have but let’s begin this study. I know it will be a blessing to you whether we do it all in one week or two, it really won’t matter. The reason that we need to look at the object of judging, judgment and justification. That is a mouthful. I didn’t think of that when I got it, you know. Can you say that fast three times? [judging, judgment, justification, judging judgment, justification, judging, judgment, justification – laughter] Boy, you people are all right. You people are all right, I’m telling you. Oh, my goodness. So, let’s take a look at these.
Now the reason that it is so important right now is because of where we are on planet earth in the time period that we are here. The time period that we’re here dictates a certain thing. We’re going, and we have been for some time in the United States of America, we have been in a dry period… We’ve been in a dry period. And during a dry period, certain things happen on the earth.
Today it’s raining and that’s beautiful. Today if you decided to turn up the fallow ground, it would be an easy task because the ground has soaked up some water. Now remembering that, as I’ve taught you before, the water – water represents the [Word]. The Word. The Word of God is expressed in Scripture as water. Water is the Word, the Word is water. And therefore, when God rains upon the earth, He is giving us a physical expression of what He wants to do in the spiritual. He makes things wet, prepares them so that they can grow.
But it is during periods of dryness that the earth is under the evil that it has done and therefore judgment from God has come. When God wants to judge a land, He closes the Heavens, and He withholds rain. In other words, He withholds the Word of God. And you think of it yourself. When you’ve been in those dry places, you stayed away from the Word. You didn’t turn it on TV, on radio, you didn’t come to Church, you stayed in a dry place. And when you’re in a dry place for a while, what happens is, the atmosphere over you also becomes dry, the air around you becomes dry and the ground itself, which represents you, becomes dry. Your spiritual ground, once it becomes dried out, what happens, it cracks…[that’s right]
The earth right now is going through a series of cracks, through a series of earthquakes [that’s right] that are cracking the ground and breaking the ground. And so, when you’re in a dry period, the ground cracks. The other thing that happens is, it’s easy to blow away the soil. The Bible says we become subject to the winds of other doctrines. So when we’re dry and the wind blows, the dust picks up, the dust picks up and we begin to lose soil. And those things that are close and important to us, because the ground is cracked and dry, that (wind sounds) the wind blows them away, so we lose, watch this now, topsoil. The topsoil that should be fertile is now dry and cracked.
Therefore, the things that we have learned, that hold us foundationally solid, they get blown away and we end up in doubt and unbelief. And guess what? We then become unsuited for seed... Unsuited for seed. Also, when the ground cracks and gets dry, it gives birth to other insects that normally would not inhabit that area. Crawly things start crawling around in the dust. Animals in the dust. You know, the snakes and different little beetles and bugs. They come up out of the ground since it’s dry, and go on the surface and just eat away.
And that’s you not doing your, when you’re dry, it just eats away at you. And things that don’t usually bother you, now all of a sudden, they irritate you greatly. You come to church and you’re just, “Aargh, arragh, I can’t stand her. aaargh, can’t stand him.” And you begin judging. “Pastor shouldn’t have preached that. Pastor should have preached something else. arrrgh, arraagh.” So you become all dried up, shriveling. Your top soil is gone and then you begin to devour the dust. You’re eating dust… dust…. blowing around, hawgh. Choking, you’re choking on it.
And when you choke on it, what do you do? You look for something to eat. You look for moisture. And usually, you’ll end up devouring and judging other people. When people get dry, they have no word in them, no water, no sustenance, and so, out of their dryness, they will become cannibals, eat other people. And it is out of their dryness, they’re seeking for something, and so they will seek moisture anywhere that they can get it. And unfortunately, it usually results in them becoming judgmental, looking at what they don’t have, and instead of acknowledging that I don’t have water and because they’ve stopped drinking, because they’ve stopped creating the atmosphere, you know what I mean – You have to create an atmosphere.
You ever get to the situation where you don’t want to read your Bible? Come on now. [well] Let’s get real. You wake up, you don’t want to pray. The Spirit of God says, “Go pray.” And you go, what? “I don’t feel like it. I don’t wanna. Too busy.” But, what you’ll do as a result of that is begin looking for other people who are dry or looking for people that have a lot of water, and you will attack them… You will judge them. Since your resources are dried up, and you need, you therefore then will judge others… But!!! Moving right along. How are you all doing? Everybody ok? Huh? None of those dry people are here today cause you got wet comin’ to church today. [laughter] Cause it’s just raining everywhere. So, let’s understand it today.
Today what I want to do is I want to break down almost all of the scriptures that refer to this and give us a wider understanding. We’ve heard the world say, “Judge not, judge not, judge not, judge not, judge not.” Is that true? Is that what Jesus meant when He said judge not, or should we look at the whole length of what He said, and why did He say it? Where are we supposed to be in the judgment continuum? So we want to understand judging.
Now, first of all, who’s the judge and how did they get to be a judge? The heads of families, in the Scriptures, and we look and we see that the heads of families and the elders of the tribe were the only ones that were put in position to judge. Let me say it again. The heads of families and the elders of the tribe were put in position to judge. They were expected to make the call.
Well, why the heads of families and why the elders? Because they had longer life, more experience, and more failure than the younger ones. [laughter] You become a successful judge, not based on your success, but based on the amount of failure and then success as a result of those failures. The one who knows most about standing tall is the one who’s gotten up again and again. [hallelujah] How are you doing? Everybody here? [yes] So, it’s not those who fall down, but those who have in falling down, get back up, who can then be in position and place to make judgment calls.
Alright, the other ones that are successful at judging are those who have overcome obstacles, difficulties, and problems. Because the overcomer is the one who has successfully found, watch this now, found his own flaws. Self-examination is the foundation upon which judgment is made. If you cannot examine yourself, then how dare you think you’re going to judge somebody else? You have to have been successful at self-examination before you can wear the armor and before you can yield the sword of judging. You have to. So, if you’ve never been tested, never been tried, never been through anything, you’re immediately disqualified from making a judgment call on someone else. The deeper the pit that they have climbed out of demonstrates the strength with which they emerge with.
You’re not strong cause you climb out of the pit because someone helped you out. You’re strong because you clawed your own way out by your own ability and muscle and the strength of God helping you and therefore your arms are strong, your nails are strong, and when you get out, you want to look like God. God who is the strongest of all will judge. He is a judge. He is the final judge, the final arbitrator. Because He is greater and stronger than all of us. And therefore God wants us to judge with His nature.
The problem is, is when you make judgments from your flesh, you have sinned. You have stepped into the arena of hypocrisy when you judge, especially judging someone who is going through something that you do not know nor do you understand. That makes you a hypocrite, and you are weak, and you are trying to do what? Do the same thing I said last week, you cannot build an altar to yourself, standing on the carcass of someone that you judge. [amen] How we doin’? You ok? [yes] You’ll all alright? [yep]
So God enters into the scene, deciding who can judge on that basis, the basis of what you’ve succeeded at and what you failed at. The basis on which you’ve been tested in and what you’ve proved yourself. The things that you have accomplished, and those things are the one that determine whether you can make a judgment call or not. So, the elders of the tribe who’ve been through the most stuff, the heads of families who’ve been through some stuff, they’re the ones established in their righteousness, they have to be working in righteousness, in their righteousness they’ve put themselves in position to make the call, not only based on their experiences, but based on the fact that they have survived their experiences and now are standing on righteousness.
So you can judge, you are called to judge, scripture, I will give you and will prove it. The problem, we’re in a dry situation in America, is because America has refused to judge and therefore God will bring judgment in areas where the righteous have failed to judge. [amen]…
Revelation Chapter 20. We’re gonna talk about judgment and justification. How we doin’? [good]… Amen. Now, in Revelation Chapter 20, verse 12. “And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged...” Everybody see it there? [yes] This is judgment. God’s going to bring judgment. “…were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them.”
In other words, if there is anyone in Hades, which is another word for Gehenna, which is the burning place, or hell, which is another name for it, there are many names for it. But the end result is the same. It says that some people died in the sea and their bodies, their physical bodies are in the sea. And Death and Hades, hell, “…delivered up the dead who were in them.” So there are some people that are captive in death, some people that are captive in hell. And it says they delivered up, the dead, who were in them. “And they were judged, each one according to his works.”
So, in other words, there is this judgment that man, all men, living and dead will go through at the end of this epic or the end of this eon. Or the end of this aeon, however you look at it. We are in an aeon, a period of time that is going to end and then another aeon will begin.
Now, it says then in verse 14. “Then Death and Hades...” Death and Hell as we know it, “…were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.”
In other words, judgment has a series of deaths. When you keel over and die, I’m looking forward to that, you’re welcome to die in service, cause I, you know, the Lord has used me to bring people out of comas and stuff like that, blind eyes, deaf ears, seen all of that. Cancerous tumors, seen all, have been blessed to lay hands on the sick and see them recover. But I need somebody that is flatlined, totally flatlined, [amen] I’m waiting for that, so if you choose to die physically in the service, I’m going to be on you like white on rice [laughter]. I’m coming to get ya. [laughter] Like now. Like now…
I went to the hospital, a family called me up, and said, “Could you go?” Their background was Catholic, so they wanted me to go give last rites to this guy. He was in a coma. They’re figuring they’re going to disconnect him the next day and he’d be gone. So I went up to Benedictine, matter of fact it was, I went up to the hospital, I go late at night. When I do hospital visits, I go late at night. When it’s quiet and I can pray and talk and hear the voice of the Lord. So he’s layin’ there. And they’re going to disconnect him and they know that there’s no life in this guy. You know, he’s history. So, I wait till the nurses and doctors leave and I pray and I get in the Spirit, and I pray in the Spirit, and I’m ready.
So I go over to the guy, grab him and I’m praying with him, holding his hand, and I ask the nurse, I says, “This guy moved or done anything?” She says, “No, he hasn’t moved for days.” He has no movement, no way he could move cause his brain activity yada, yada, yada. And so forth, you know. She says, “He hasn’t twitched, moved, nothing.” So, anyway, I grab his hand anyway. I grab his feet, Yeah I grab them, I just grabbed everything, gonna pray. Following where the Lord wants me to dismiss this guy’s spirit from. See, I’m going to command his spirit to leave his body and go be with the Lord… That’s the deal. They think I’m going to give last rites, no need, I’m not doing that. What I’m doing is gonna dismiss this guy to go be with the Lord.
So, I’m praying, getting ready to pray for this guy to die, And it chokes up in my throat. I ‘can’t pray, so I’m praying for his spirit to, I can’t…chokes in my throat. And I realized something else is going on. So I get my Bible and I sit over in the corner. And sure enough, the doctor comes in, checks him and all like that. “What are you doing here?” And I say, I’m a minister. He said, “Well, he’s in your hands cause we can’t do anything for him. Tomorrow when we disconnect him, you know, that will be the end of that.” And I said, “Yeah, I know that’s what they said.” He leaves. So, I’m just sitting there praying and praying.
You know, the Lord gave me a verse of Scripture. A verse of Scripture. It was like Corinthians 10:4 or something like that. And I said, “Lord, Lord what are you saying?” I look it up and it says Christ is alive in us. I realized that I’m not supposed to be praying for the guy to go, I’m praying for him to come back. [laughter] So I get up now, I got a word from the Lord. I grab his hand, the minute I grabbed his hand and laid my hand on his head, cause see, now I’m praying for him to come back. From his feet I’m praying for him to leave. But now I’m praying for him to (motions with hands) [laughter] Never mind. See, if you wake up in the hospital and I’ve got your feet,… [laughter] You’re on your way out. [laughter] Lord have mercy.
So I grab his hand and lay hands on his head. And as I begin to pray, he starts twitching and squeezing my hand, and movin’, and moving around. You know, and his little eyes open up and all like that. And so, I just thanked the Lord. And I just left, and I’m laughing, you know. Because I know what’s gonna happen. Sure enough, they call me at 10 o’clock in the morning. They disconnected this guy. He sat up and asked for breakfast. [applause & laughter] I said, “Praise God, Amen.” And you know, he was a good, good brother. Came and participated in the church, and here’s what I found out. When I was speaking to his wife, who was crying with tears, you know, they were a young couple, in their 40’s.
And here’s what she said. She said, “Pastor Don, I’m so glad he didn’t die.” I said, “Why?” She says, “He had the heart attack five minutes after I told him I wish you were dead.” [what?] … They had had an argument, and she screamed out, “I wish you were dead.” Ten minutes later, he hit the floor. Had a massive heart attack… Isn’t that amazing? So the Lord brought him back to resolve that situation for she never in life would have survived the guilt of that. [amen] … God works in mysterious ways, His wonders to perform.
So, there is physical death of the physical body. That’s considered the first death. So if you die physically, if you drop dead in here right now, that is experiencing the first death. Obviously if the judgment that’s coming upon man is the second death, as the scripture said, all the books will be opened, all of mankind will be judged and those whose names are not written in the Lamb’s Book of Life, those who have, were judged by their works and their works were evil, will be cast into the lake of fire. Everybody see that? [yes] Let’s read it again, just so we’re clear on it. In verse 13. “The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works. Then Death...” which is a spirit, “and Hades...” hell, which is a spirit and a holding place, “were cast into the lake of fire. This is the…” [second death] “...second death. And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.”
Now, we’re going to look at this even more so, but I want you to just look in chapter 21, verse 24. 21 verse 24. … And it says in verse 24, “And the nations of those who are saved…. and the nations of those who are saved shall walk in its light, and the kings of the earth bring their glory and honor into it. it’s gates shall not be shut at all by day (there shall be no night there).” I love that song. “And they shall bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it.” Into the city. “But there shall by no means enter it anything that...” what? [defiles] “defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.”
Ok, I give you two Scriptures so you can see it says, more that you get the flavor of it here. Now I want you to look a little again, over to verse 14. Chapter 22, verse 14. 22:14. Look what He says. “Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city. But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie.”
So, what do we have then here? Look up here. What we have is that the end of this aeon, at the end of this epic, at the end of this time period, the Bible only covers 6,000 years of man’s existence. At the end of that time, God is going to judge each and every one of us, the living and the dead. The believer, the non-believer. And we’re going to look at more of those scriptures there. And what does He say? He says that He is going to judge Death and Hell for they are evil. If you remember, when Adam and Eve were on the earth, there was no death. They were designed to live and be companions to God forever. But the process of sin entered the world and therefore God is going to judge that whole process.
And the scripture ends with the reality that the City of God will be under a new Heaven and a new Earth. But outside will still be that which is evil. For it will be judged and it will remain so.
Romans 14 beginning at verse 9. “For to this end Christ died and rose and lived again, that He might be Lord of both the dead and the living.” So Christ is Lord over the dead. Why would it say the dead? It is referring to those who have already, previously, physically died. He has to be Lord over everyone from Adam who has died all the way up to yesterday. He is Lord over the dead, all of the dead. He is Lord over all the living. All those that are alive and all those that are going to be alive prior to the stopping of this aeon. The end of this aeon, or the end of this age. Everybody got that? [yes]
He is Lord. What does that mean? He is CEO. He is boss. He is God and over all of that. The living and the dead.
Now, let’s go on, verse 10. “But why do you judge your brother? Or why do you show contempt for your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. For it is written: “As I live, says the LORD, every knee shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall confess to God.”” So, verse 12. “So then each of us shall give account of himself to God. Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but rather resolve this, not to put a stumbling block or a cause to fall in our brother’s way.”
Don’t you know that when you judge your brother you can put a stumbling block in their way when you judge them. And that weight of that guilt or that accusation or that contempt has the ability to cause someone to stumble. We need to understand something, the scripture, there is not a blanket “do not judge.” But Jesus gives us guidelines and we’re going to look at those guidelines.
The Apostle Paul is saying to us here, hold on Church of God, who is it you’re to judge, and who is it you’re not to judge? And here’s what it says. It says that I am not to judge another brother in the Church as to whether he is condemned or not condemned, going to hell or not going to hell. That’s not. I cannot see the heart of the individual, therefore I must not attempt to be Jesus. I must not attempt to be God. I must not raise myself up to a God status and bring judgment on someone.
What kind of judgment is he talking about? The judgment of hellfire. We’re not to judge another brother and say, “Listen, you believe Jesus, you confess Jesus, but you’re going to hell.”,,, everybody got that? [yep]
Now, there are other scriptures that point out how and when we are supposed to judge. And we want to look at those. But right here it’s saying, don’t you know, in the Church of Jesus Christ, when you don’t like how short her skirt is or how much cleavage she’s showing. When you judge that and say she’s going to hell, and she’s a sister in the Church, guess what? You are causing yourself to sin, you’re not helping her. You’re bringing her under condemnation. And He says, you shouldn’t judge each other that way… How do you know, maybe it’s the only clothes she has… Maybe she’s never been taught… Maybe she doesn’t know… Maybe she just came from the streets and you the first one she meets. Whoa… alright here? huh? Don’t send anybody to hell cause you be on the way there with ’em. [laughter]
Now what is Paul referring to when he gives us this section of scripture? So let’s read it again so everybody’s clear. Verse 10. “…why do you judge your brother? Or why do you show contempt for your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.” Before the judgment seat of Christ. So then he says in verse 14. So we keep in context here. “I know and am convinced by the Lord Jesus that there is nothing unclean of itself; but to him who considers anything to be unclean, to him it is unclean. Yet if your brother is grieved because of your food,…” What in the, what’s he talking about? He is saying, hold on now. When it comes to cultural things, and people’s own traditions, people have established certain things that they say are right, wrong. He’s saying don’t judge them brother, there.
I hope this sermon blesses you.
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